of local papers and the president staying out of florida for the weekend. was that something you thought about? >> each of these guys has a different way to prepare. the president did so in a way that gives him confidence going into this debate and we're looking forward to it. >> thanks, robert gibbs. rachel, back to you. >> i want to go back to chris matthews. i was struck that robert gibbs brought up the issue of not just sending troops abroad, but how we treat them when we come home from war is being a domestic issue related to foreign policy. we saw with the romney campaign's predebate spin memo that they may be planning on bringing up the backlog in claims at the v.a. in terms of dealing with returning vets from iraq and afghanistan. do you see the republicans potentially being on a strong foot there? >> well, no, because although that's a good thing for either party to do, i noticed we all watched the convention acceptance speeches. do you remember when mr. romney, the former governor, never mentioned the troops. never showed interest we were fighting in afghanistan. no human side.